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Former Director of Public Prosecutions  already advising party on a victim’s law’ for manifesto

The RBS ESSA Awards: Rewarding the UK’s top student societies

Events attended by the country’s top employers, their own investment funds and a combined annual turnover of more than £1.8m: the UK’s student societies mean business. The RBS ESSA seeks to reward them, writes Gemma Howe

China threatens Leeds Olympic base pull-out over Dalai Lama visit

Chinese officials have threatened to pull the country's Olympic athletes out of their training camp in Leeds due to a scheduled visit by the Dalai Lama to the city, it was reported today.

David Cameron warned on foreign student policy

British universities could lose out on millions of pounds annually if immigration policies are not changed, senior education figures have warned David Cameron.

Warning over 'tsunami of pain' as osteoarthritis cases soar

Britain is facing a "tsunami" of pain as the number of osteoarthritis cases soars in the future, a leading expert has warned.

Science student Andy Brown also spends his time ‘juggling girls’ on the University of Leeds cheerleading team

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Andy Brown, a Masters student in polymer science, explains its appeal

Cambridge named as best university in the world

Cambridge is the best university in the world, according to a new league table which sees its rival Oxford awarded fifth place.

Herbal remedies lack safety warnings

Some herbal remedies still lack clear safety information on side-effects despite new EU rules earlier this year that they should carry warnings. New research shows that even products that fall under these new rules are available online and in shops without the safety information, and old stock is still on sale.

Cec Thompson: The first black man to play rugby league for Great Britain

Cec Thompson was a man who, from unpromising beginnings, made a remarkable success of his life, on and off the rugby league field. Not content to rest on his laurels after becoming the first black player to represent Great Britain in 1951, he became a successful businessman, a highly respected economics teacher and a driving force behind the Student Rugby League. All this after leaving school at 14 and barely being able to read and write when well into his 20s.

No Off Switch: An Autobiography, By Andy Kershaw

Five years ago Andy Kershaw's life unravelled horribly, thanks to that very modern nemesis, the carelessly undeleted text message. Moving into his new house on the Isle of Man with his family, the broadcaster was undone when his partner borrowed his mobile and saw evidence of what he refers to as "leg-over in Reading" a year earlier. It was of such little significance, he said, he hadn't even bothered to delete it. If the encounter was so devoid of meaning, why did he bother in the first place?

China’s power stations generate ‘future spike’ in global warming

Sulphur pollutants from coal-fired power stations in China have tended to cool the global climate over the past decade in contrast to the warming effect resulting from rising concentrations of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, scientists have found.

I'm sorry, says body-in-bathtub killer Tatsuya Ichihashi as he faces family in court

The Japanese man accused of murdering Lindsay Hawker has apologised to her family for raping and strangling the British teacher, but he denied intent to kill in the opening yesterday of his long-awaited trial outside Tokyo.

The ancient temples under fire in an age-old conflict

Clashes on Cambodia-Thailand border are threat to sites. Andrew Buncombe reports

Defence lawyers attack evidence of homeless witness

Witnesses appearing on behalf of US student Amanda Knox have rejected a claim she was seen near a house where her British roommate was murdered in Italy.

Natalie Haynes: Warning: the wording on this medicine will drive you to drink

Every few months, a science story appears which is so totally misunderstood that mild-mannered scientists take off their lab coats, flex their biceps and gently explain that percentages don't actually work that way, so no, everyone isn't about to die of E.coli, not even if they lick a goat and don't wash their hands.

Meredith Kercher murder recreated for TV film

The harrowing scene of Meredith Kercher's murder has been recreated for a television film, showing her screaming in terror as her killers pin her down.

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Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
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David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
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Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
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Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

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Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

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Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

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After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
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The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
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China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003